8pm, Brockley Road petrol station, last night

Evidence that "gentrification" is yet to destroy Brockley's unique charm #302

We popped in to the forecourt shop on the offchance that they might sell the vitamins that we needed. We want to stress at this point that we are not normally the kind of middle class neurotic that feels an urgent need for vitamins on a Saturday night - we take a degree of pride in the fact that we've never set foot in a Holland & Barrett. However, on this occasion, we needed to buy some.

We weren't actually expecting to find them in there, but we were surprised when the woman behind the counter asked: "What are vitamins?"

It seems Brockley's first biodynamic wholefood shop is still a mercifully distant prospect.

On the other hand, the Dandelion Blue deli's opening date is tantalisingly close and we will have the full story on the site shortly...

18 comments:

Monkeyboy said...

I bet she knew what King Size Rizla's were though.

Anonymous said...

Most of the staff are Asian in there so maybe they just didnt know the word or something...

andy pandy pudding & pie said...

How is a society supposed to function if this type of thing isnt stamped out? Maybe they need to be educated as this type of incident is not what i want to see in my country, we are english after all so speak it and learn it.

Monkeyboy said...

Andy, please tell me your tounge was firmly in cheek when you said that?

Richard Elliot said...

Ha Ha! That's good news, I think........

We don't want Brockley to lose it's edge and become all Fresh and Wild.

Brockley Nick said...

Easy on the gary bushellisms please andy. The point wasn't her grasp of english, which was otherwise fine (she wasn't Asian, by the way) it was that vitamin pills clearly didn't play a big part in her life.

Anonymous said...

maybe her diet is already excellent? ;-)

andy pandy pudding & pie said...

I dont really care if they are asian or any other colour but they, as in the staff of the shop, really should know what a vitamin was. If nothing else, then purely by watching TV commercials.

Something is seriously wrong about the educational standard in the UK if this happens alot. I know the income divide is high at the moment, but i was hoping a last shread of decency remained in our educational standards being generally good for everyone. I guess not, everyone vote Liberal Democrat at the next election, there about the only party who 'maybe' be able to change things.

spincat said...

So. A man walks into a garage shop and asks for vitamins (who is not so bright here, maybe?).

It was a momentary category confusion on her part. She was probably trying to think of a brand of oil with a name like that, or a new wheel alloy shape, or screen wash kit or soemthing.

Brockley Nick said...
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Brockley Nick said...

@spincat
Fair point, it was in desperation, rather than expectation. Costcutter didn't have them, natch.

Monkeyboy said...

About a year ago I bought a courgette at the New Cross Sainsbury's. The girl at the check out stared at it suspiciously before she asked me what it was.

Not sure where the major political parties stand on vegetable (or is is it a fruit?) recognition but we need to know.

Hanging's too good for 'em!

James said...

Andy, if you are going to have a go at other people’s grasp of the English language the least you could do is use a spell-checker. "dont" "shread" "alot" "there"

Nick, do you have a date for the opening of Dandelion Blue yet?

Brockley Nick said...

Monkeyboy, as any good reader of the Express will know, we long-ago surrendered our God-given right to recognise vegetables to those meddling Eurocrats, who want to regulate the blessed British courgette beyond all recognition.

Brockley Nick said...

@ James
Soon - as you can see work is well underway and they want to open as soon as possible. I hope to have the full story this week.

Monkeyboy said...

I should have called it a zucchini. Would have really confused her AND annoyed any Daily Mail readers in the queue.

Richard Elliot said...

Did anyone see the Secret Millionaire on C4 last week? They briefly discussed the concept of "food poverty".

I know the posts have become a bit tounge in cheek, but in all seriousness, despite Degustation and the new deli a good proportion of Brockley residents are probably suffering from it.

KJ said...

You're moaning about vitamins? They refused to stock Farrow & Ball paint and are postively rude when I suggest the addition of Barbour jackets and chocolate Labs to their merchandise

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